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22 Oct 2015

Martijn Scheltema, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn & professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam

UN Forum Series blog: What does progress look like in business and human rights?

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The 2015 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights will focus on tracking progress in (effective) implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). This represents a significant opportunity to simultaneously improve the effectiveness of the UNGPs with respect to two important areas: human rights due diligence and access to remedy....Human rights due diligence and access to remedy are intimately linked with each other...Many operational-level grievance mechanisms are company-based, and do not entail independent third party facilitation. This is one of the reasons why stakeholders (such as workers or local/indigenous communities) do not confide in these mechanisms (if they are allowed to submit a complaint in the first place).